Marion Cotillard - Playing a Maniac in "Macbeth"

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Actress Marion Cotillard recalls her first English-language film role in "Big Fish" and describes taking on the role of a devious William Shakespeare character in "Macbeth." (4:48)

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>> Trevor: PLEASE WELCOMEMARION COTILLARD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> THAT WAS GREAT.

>> Trevor: THAT WAS MY--THAT'S A POWERFUL-- THAT'S A

POWERFUL CLIP.

BONJOUR, BONJOUR

>> Trevor: EH...

(SPEAKING IN FRENCH)

>> Trevor: I WOULD CARRY ON, BUTA LOT OF THE AUDIENCE WOULD BE

LOST.

( LAUGHTER )

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININGUS ON THE SHOW.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Trevor: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THIS IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION.

YOU DON'T MEET MANYOSCAR-WINNING ACTORS.

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT FORME.

EVERYONE IN THE BUILDING WAS SOENTHRALLED.

EVERYONE WAS LIKE, "IS THATMARION COTILLARD COMING?

MARION COTILLARD."

DO YOU GET PEOPLE DOING THATAROUND YOU?

>> NO.

SHOULD I?

( LAUGHTER )

>> Trevor: I FEEL LIKE YOUSHOULD.

YOU'RE SO GRATEFUL AND YOU'REFRENCH.

YOU HAVE, LIKE, THAT FRENCHPOWER ABOUT YOU.

>> WELL, MAYBE PEOPLE WHO KNOWME DON'T COTHIS ANYMORE BECAUSE

THEY KNOW THAT IT'S ALL-- IMEAN, IT'S NOT TRUE.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Trevor: YOU SHUT IT DOWN.

LIKE, "THIS IS SO, NO, NOTTRUE."

BUT IT REALLY IS.

YOU'RE AN AMAZING ACTRESS WEHAVE SEEN FOR SO MANY YEARS.

I MEAN, I FIRST SAW YOU I WAS ITWAS "MIDNIGHT IN PARIS" AND I

SPOTTED YOU IN OTHER FILMS.

I WAS FASCINATED.

DID YOU SPEAK ENGLISH BEFORE YOUGOT INTO ENGLISH-- AMERICAN

FILM, OR DID YOU LEARN IT?

>> WELL, I STARTED TO SPEAK VERYBAD ENGLISH WHEN I STARTED TO DO

MOVIES HERE, WHICH WAS-- I THINKMY FIRST AMERICAN MOVIE WAS TIM

BURTON'S MOVIE "BIG FISH."

AND I HAD A VERY HARD TIMEUNDERSTANDING PEOPLE ON SET, AND

ALSO WE SHOT IN MONTGOMERY,ALABAMA, AND THE ACCENT WAS SO--

( LAUGHTER )

IT WAS SO STRONG.

>> Trevor: I'M PICTURING ACONVERSATION NOW BETWEEN YOU AND

THEM.

>> WELL, THE CONVERSATION WASBASICALLY, "WHAT DID YOU SAY?

WHAT DID YOU SAY?"

AND AFTER THREE TIMES I FELTSO BAD ASKING, I WAS LIKE --

>> Trevor: YOU'RE PLAYING LADYMACBETH IN THIS.

FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW THESTORY, LADY MACBETH IS REALLY--

SHE REALLY IS A MANIAC WHOINSPIRES HER HUSBAND TO BE MORE

OF A MANIAC.

>> A MANIAC, I DON'T KNOW.

SHE'S VERY MANIPULATIVE, AND SHEWILL DO ANYTHING TO REACH HER

GOAL FOR SURE.

>> Trevor: LIKE A MANIAC.

YOU SEE, YOU-- NOW, EVERY-- ORMANY FAMOUS ACTORS, I FEEL, HAVE

BEEN DRAWN TO SHAKESPEAREANROLES.

WAS IT THE SAME FOR YOU OR MORETHE FILM ITSELF AND THE

DIRECTOR?

WHAT IS THE THING THAT GOT YOUINTO "MACBETH"?

>> WELL, SHAKESPEARE FOR ANACTOR IS REALLY, LIKE, IT'S AN

AMAZING PLACE TO DIVE IN BECAUSEHIS WRITING IS SO RICH.

YOU CAN GIVE MANYINTERPRETATIONS OF ONLY ONE

SENTENCE.

SO, YEAH, IT'S VERY RICH FOR ANACTOR.

SO I LOVED SHAKESPEARE BEFORE IWAS APPROACHED.

>> Trevor: IT'S A BEAUTIFULSTORY, THOUGH.

I MEAN-- AND THIS FILM IS AVERY-- I GUESS IT'S AN

ACTION-PACKED STORY.

IT'S GORY.

IT'S NOT WHAT I EXPECTED"MACBETH" TO BE.

"MACBETH" IS NOT THE MOSTPEACEFUL STORY.

BUT THIS WAS-- IT'S REALLYACTION PACKD AND THE SCENES OF

VIOLENCE.

IT'S VERY "GAME OF THRONES"SOMETIMES WHERE YOU'RE WATCHING.

I COULD GET INTO THIS.

I WISH MORE SHAKESPEARE MOVIESWERE LIKE THIS-- SHAKESPEARE

MAKES MOVIES, BY THE WAY.

AND YOU WERE ACTING OPPOSITEMICHAEL FASSBENDER, WHO IS

AMAZING.

>> HE'S AMAZING, YEAH.

YEAH, YEAH, YOU CAN GO ON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

YEAH, HE MUST BE ONE OF THE MOSTCREATIVE ACTORS I WORKED WITH.

THE THING IS HE'S SUPERCREATIVE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,

I MEAN, HE'S NOT ONLY CREATIVEFOR HIS CHARACTER AND HIS

CREATIVITY THROUGH HIS CHARACTERHELPS THE MOVIE TO BE, YOU KNOW,

VERY SINGULAR AND UNIQUE.

>> Trevor: HE'S A POWERFULACTOR.

YOU'RE A POWERFUL ACTRESS.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL FILM.

I RECOMMEND PEOPLE WATCH IT.

IT'S A LOT EASIER THAN THE BOOK.

( LAUGHTER )

"MACBETH" IS CURRENTLY PLAYINGIN SELECT CITIES AND WILL BE

RELEASED NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY.

MARION COTILLARD, EVERYBODY.